The St Tropez of the Baltic, Sopot is the seaside resort to be seen, and to see. The fashionable resort swells in the summer months from its usual 40,000 inhabitants to accommodate 2 million visitors. The resort has seen multi-million Euro investment in recent years and most definitely retains its reputation as hip and happening.
Sopot never sleeps. Beach life by day and partying by night, life here takes a relaxed holiday feel. The sheltered sandy beaches and warm waters are perfect for beach relaxation, and with an abundance of first class hotels and spas, visitors are spoilt for choice.
Part of the Tricity, with Gdańsk and Gdynia, Sopot is intriguing for being a beach resort surrounded by forest paths making it a wonderful draw for cyclists who come to enjoy the many miles of dedicated cycle paths.
Sopot is famed for having the largest wooden pier in Europe, and the air here is reputed to be ideal for its health giving benefits. The Art Nouveau buildings are a fitting backdrop for the ‘It’ crowd of today as well as reminiscent of the fame and aristocracy who visited Sopot in the years past. Interestingly Sopot is also on the map for being the home of the Sopot International Song Festival – the largest song festival in Europe after Eurovision.
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Life is Sopot largely revolves around two things: its beach and warm bathing waters, and its nightlife. Nonetheless, the more energetic visitor will find plenty to do.
- Pier: At 511 metres Sopot’s Pier is truly vast. Enter through the glass galleries where you can see local wares and souvenirs as well as a concert hall with free shows. Amble along the pier looking at the yachts and cruisers as well as soaking up the rays. There are several pleasure cruises that can take you to nearby places or simply explore the coastal waters. The lighthouse built in 1903 offers the adventurous an opportunity to take in a wonderful panorama from the top.
- Heroes of Monte Cassino Street: Known locally simply as ‘Monciak’ brace yourself for crowds but enjoy this wonderful bustling heart of Sopot with a huge array of cafes, pubs and restaurants as well as plenty of shopping.
- Activities: In the environs of Sopot there are a huge range of available activities, from tennis to horse-riding, cycling to sailing and windsurfing, there is something for everyone.
- Beach Promenade: A perfect spot for a wander is along the beach promenade where you can stop to relax at one of many beach bars, or high some deckchairs.